Dr. Joseph Wiest is founder and consultant of the program. Dr. Wiest is professor and former chairman of the Department of Physics and Engineering at Wesleyan. He has taught physics and mathematics to gifted children from third grade to high school. His wife, Dr. Jeanie Wiest, is a pediatrician. They are the parents of two gifted sons.
Katharine Antolini offers courses in American history and Gender Studies. She is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan and holds a M.A. in Sociology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in History from West Virginia University. She specializes in the field of women’s history and has published articles on the role of Confederate women in the American Civil War and the history of Mother’s Day.
Dr. Tracey DeLaney has her Ph.D. in Astrophysics and is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Wesleyan. For her research, she studies supernova remnants, which are the remains of exploded stars, i.e. star guts. Dr. DeLaney is also director of our planetarium and gives general astronomy shows to audiences of all ages.
Nathan Sams has taught mathematics from young to old. He was raised in Parkersburg, WV, and holds a master’s degree in mathematics from West Virginia University.
Dr. Eric Waggoner, is co-director of the camp. He is also Associate Professor of American Literature and Cultural Studies at WVWC. His academic publications have appeared in several journals and book collections. In addition to his academic writing, for several years Dr. Waggoner has written film and music journalism for a variety of publications. He is currently a contributing writer for Magnet magazine and Blurt Online.